What gay millennial didn't spend their adolescence lusting over Moses and Pharaoh from The Prince of Egypt? And even if you were never horny for cartoon, you must have at least tried to recreate Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey's harmonies from the film's breakout song, "When You Believe." Now a new generation can lust and harmonize with the rest of us, because The Prince of Egypt is being adapted into a stage musical.
According to Deadline, DreamWorks theatricals is producing the adaptation, with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked). Schwartz will contribute 10 new songs to the five originals from the film, including White and Mariah's Oscar-winning powerhouse. The book will be written by Philip LaZebnik (Mulan, Pocahontas).
The Prince of Egypt reimagines the Exodus tale as "two young men, raised together as brothers in a kingdom of privilege, find themselves suddenly divided by a secret past. One must rule as Pharaoh, the other must rise up and free his true people; both face a destiny that will change history forever," according to DreamWorks Theatricals description.
The musical is set to begin previews in London on February 5, 2020 with opening night on February 25. While a Broadway run hasn't been announced, we have to imagine it's in the cards if the show is a success.
The original animated film featured an all-star voice cast including Val Kilmer, Ralph Fiennes, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sandra Bullock, Danny Glover, Jeff Goldblum, Helen Mirren, Martin Short, and Patrick Stewart -- legends only.